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church versus state. the supreme court takes up a case tt could honor monuments against the war dead. and odds the pennsylvania mother gives birth to triplets that are quite literally one in mother gives birth to triplets that are quite literally one in a million. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm christina brown. today we begin with the bottom line. for the federal government, big spending means big deficits, and that's exactly what we're seeing in new numbers from the congressional budget office. for the recently ended fiscal year, the nation's red ink flooded to $1.4 trillion, that's three times the previous record. the shortfall reflects billions of dollars pumped into stimulus spending and bank and corporate bailouts. job losses triggered more unemployment benefits, another big government tab. the recession also hammered tax
revenues, leading the nation paying out far more than it was taken in. a new battle being waged in the supreme court over church and state. as nbc's brian mooar reports, while no one questions the troops's sacrifice, it's the way in which they're being honored that raise some serious constitutional flags. >> reporter: the cross was placed the in the hoe haf desert to honor men who fought and died in world war i. now it's at the center of the supreme court fight and religious symbols on any government land. >> if you have to tear down a cross in the middle of 1.6 million acres of desert, then what do you do with a 24 - foot tall cross.
>> reporter: frank happens to be catholic. >> that means that land belongs to everybody, not just believers in one faith. >> veterans fight and are honored under one flag. they are not honored under the religious symbol of one religion. >> reporter: four years ago, a sharply divided court ruled some religious displays can be acceptable as long as they don't promote a single religious view. this court appears to have its own separate. justice samuel a lee toe believe congress side stepped the program by deegd the memorial to a private owner. liberals think they tried to side step the courts. just like mount rushmore further complicated the question. but supporters say this memorial is about men, not god. >> veterans fought. they deserve it. whether it's a cross, a crescent or a star of david, they should be honored. >> reporter: for now the mohave cross is hidden in a plywood box
likely to make this a constitutional landmark. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. officials say president obama is now reviewing a military request for up to 40,000 additional u.s. troops in afghanistan. now, it follows his meeting on wednesday with top national security officials who are weighing u.s. strategy in the way forward. divisions within the administration continue to surface amid worsening conditions on the ground and eroding public support. although congress is pressing for a quick decision on troop levels, the white house is not yet publicly endorsing any particular plan. now here's a look at some other stories making news "early today" in america. a police officer in illinois has been fired for slamming a special needs student into a locker, all because of a dress code violation. take a look at this. surveillance video showed the officer tossed the 15-year-old across the hall and tackled him, and et get this, just for an
untucked shirt. that boy suffered a broken nose. a colorado resident took the law into his own hands to chase down a burglar. the man spotted the intruder on his home security system stealing a rifle and pistol. using another firearm, the home owner fired two shots at the burglar. the thief quickly dropped both stolen weapons and fled. one birthday in san francisco may inspire you to hit the gym, at least when you see how young this 95-year-old looks. a birthday parade was held for fitness legend gentleman la lanne. the exercise guru says he still works out every day. good for him. skiers and snowboarders celebrated the opening of one colorado ski mountain yesterday. it marks the earliest start to the ski season in 40 years at the resort. ski enthusiasts were thrilled to hit the field in the mild fall weather and some newborns in pennsylvania are really
literally one in a million. you see the three baby boys are identical triplets which doctors say are extremely rare. born tuesday, get this, it also happened to be their parents's third anniversary. now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's meteorologist aleta from knbc los angeles with today's forecast. good morning, aleta. it seems congratulations are certainly in order for that family. >> definitely. triple the trouble, though. that's for sure. >> that's right. >> all right. take a look at your national forecast. it looks like things are drying out across the eastern seaboard. area of low pressure brought gusty winds yesterday finally moving out. that's still going to allow for breezy conditions for much of today but definitely not as windy as yesterday. winds sustained today from 10 to 15 miles per hour. our focus going to be stretching from the midsection of the nation. from texas all the way up through the ohio valley. we're looking at a stationary front that will continue to be
draped here over the next 24 hours. so even more rain in the forecast to close out the workweek. for today, though, looking at plenty of sunshine across the northeast from boston all the way down through norfolk with temperature readings slightly above normal. low 70s there. upper 70s, mix of sun and clouds. chicago with 55 degrees. another hot, humid afternoon around south florida. that's a look at your regional forecast. let's take a look at your forecast back at home. portland looking at temperature readings in the low 60s. rain showers across grand rapids, michigan. 59 degrees. some on thunderstorms in columbus, ohio with a high of 63 degrees. saraso sarasota, florida, high today of 91. and that's a look at your regional forecast. we'll take another look at your forecast coming up along with your friday forecast. back to you, christina. >> all right. thanks so much, aleta. alcoa shines, ipos make a come back and the latest airport
>> good morning, and welcome back to "early today." i'm christina brown. here are some of your top headlines this morning. scientists in canada have unlocked the dna sequence of the type of tumor that accounts for 10% of all breast cancers. researchers say it could lead to a greater understanding of how cancer begins and spreads and to new treatments and therapies for breasty. in a serious blow to italian prime minister, italy's top grant thrown out immunity.
better lofk onny who has been embroiled in several legal battles and a sex scandals he will not step down. 10.1% of all flights arrive at least two hours late. now, that's up for just 4.3% back in 1990. the average delay is now nearly an hour, compared to just 19 minutes in 1990. and there was real star power at the white house yesterday. president obama hosted a star gazing party. about 150 middle school students were invited to come and look through telescopes set up on the south lawn. the dow opens at 9,725 after losing 5 points on wednesday. but the s&p added 2. the nasdaq was up 6 points. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei claimed 32 points, while in hong kong, the hang seng gained 251 points.
investors played the waiting game on wall street wednesday, making few major moves before earnings season got off to its unofficial start after the bell. al coya was the first to report third quarter earnings yesterday, and it didn't disappoint. it's a sign that increased sales are driving profits, not just cost cutting. amazon was nasdaq's top performer, moving 3% higher and expanding service fort digital e-reader overseas. google pushed the nasdaq up almost 4% and well over $500 a share after the company's chief executive said the worst of the recession was over. and growing evidence that the initial public offerings is rebounding after virtually disappearing at the height of the credit crisis. it raised a combined $10 billion. sea world and bush gardens will
soon be under new ownership. anheuser-busch inbev said it will sell to blackstone group in a deal worth $2.3 billion. gold hit overseas trading today marking the precious metals third straight day of record highs. keep an eye on shares of ibm. they were under federal investigation for violating anti-trust laws over mainframe computers. investors are hoping for the best on today's data on september chain store sales following a better than expected earnings report from costco yesterday. finally, if you're planning on flying, one japanese airliner soon, make sure you hit the restroom first. for the month of october, they will be asking passengers to use the facility before boarding, as part of an effort to reduce the total weight on board and save on fuel and reduce carbon
emissions. signings and trades in the nfl and the beginning of baseball's playoffs, including yankee captain registering another clutch october hit. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. happy thursday, everybody. flooding rains and scattered thunderstorms across the country's midsection. your regional forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports, predictably the well-rested new york yankees pounced on the dog tired minnesota twins last night. in game 1 of their american league playoff series. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. after winning one of the greatest tie breaker games in baseball history, the twins were brought right back down to earth by the yankees. here we go. twins up early 2-0. jeter roped a two-run shot in the third. 18th postseason homer. that tied with with mickey plant sxel reggie jackson all time. swisher out to the corner. yankees up 3-2. cc sabathia did the rest. gave up one earned.
yanks picked up their first playoff win at their new stadium. phillies and rockies bottom five. that scored jayson werth. finished with two hits and two rbi. phillies up 1-0. charlie man yell took heat for starting lee over hamels. he struck out garrett atkins to end it. phils, 5-1. dodgers and cardinals, first inning. kemp stepped in and stepped out. put the dodgers up 2-1 in the first. casey blake lined one to derosa. he airmailed it to second. ethier scored on the error. dodgers went on to win it, 5-2. nfl, 49ers come to turn with rookie wide receiver crab treatment he signed a six-year, $32 million deal, $17 million guaranteed. browns and jets made a big trade. edwards went to new york for stuckey.
linebacker jason trustnick in a pair of draft picks. came two days after he punched out a man outside a cleveland nightclub. mangini said the altercation had nothing to do with the trade. it's been in the works for a long time. sure it has. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. which earns the most for studios investing big bucks for her? your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, the tearful farewell is a familiar routine for military families, but one little girl's touching good-bye has got the entire country talking. you're watching "early today."
welcome back to "early today" on this thursday. we appreciate you starting your morning with us. across the northeast today, we have some improvements. yesterday we were talking about blustery conditions. the winds are definitely backing off. still occasionally breezy throughout the afternoon with temperatures today in the 60s and 70s. plenty of sunshine down through the charlotte area. however, some showers around detroit today with highs, 63 degrees, 55 in chicago. plenty of sunshine around orlando with 93. and then those showers and thunderstorms across the midwest pushing eastward. and if you're watching us on whec news 10 in rochester, new york, bring the family to explore the ever changing collection of animals ranging from the smallest reptiles to the largest elephants at the meet the animals at the seneca
park zoo. that, christina, is your eastern event of the day. >> sounds like a great time. thanks so much, elita. now here's a look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. you can call barbra streisand anything you want except a flash in the pan. her new album, "love is the answer" is number one on the billboard charts. her ninth career number one. the all-time record for a female. also, streisand becomes the first artist ever to notch a number one album in five different decades. jude law is back on broadway after 14 years playing ham therehamlet. chris brown may suffer more than just a slap on the wrist for beating rihanna after all. wriggly's is preparing to sue him for a double mint ad campaign due to his behavior. naomi watts gets the most bang
for the buck according to forbes. she earned the studio $44 for every dollar that she was paid. hashgs not bad. not bad at all. i'm surprised to hear that. i'm surprised nicole kidman, her fellow australian, didn't earn more. >> as long as they are earning something, they'll stay employed, right. >> exactly. >> this comes from wcau pittsburgh, pennsylvania, where it was time for a father to deploy to iraq when his daughter wasn't ready to let him go, literally. take a look. the soldier's unit was ordered to fall in line but his daughter paige refused to release his hand. her mother snapped this heart-wrenching iconic image. paige may stand out but her feelings are shielded daily by the loved ones. that is a really touching
40's. the forecast for today is mostly sunny skies. high temperatures in the upper 60's in an 70's. we have some rain to talk about as we head into the began. we will talk about that -- as we head into the weekend. we will talk about that shortly. >> a man who works with children at a church is facing charges of child sex abuse. i am live with that story. >> in washington, the report focuses on air travel delays. the report says there could be a downsize to the economic recovery. that story is coming up. >> an accident on i-95. another ♪
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captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> good morning. >> thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> we will get to cover extortion just a minute. first, let's check on the forecast. >> it was very windy yesterday. you were right. >> it is going to be very quiet today. 48 at bwi. los amelie's in southern maryland and across the beaches. we will take a look at the forecast for the weekend